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We are the Ducommuns! There are 4 of us now-Craig, Laura, Zamara, and now Mahashavah, our 1 year old son. We adopted Zamara from Ethiopia in 2008. Our son is also from Ethiopia and we are hoping to bring him home soon. We live Flagstaff Arizona. We are so glad you found us. Take a look around and don't forget to leave us a message.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Gifts

Oh it's that time again...lots of you have been asking what to get ZiZi for Christmas. She would anything you get her. But that being said, here are a few ideas:

1. We are giving her a princess "kitchen" that we found at a baby consignment store in town called Maddie and Mo's--since I had a credit there, it didn't have to pay anything for it. So she could use some things to go with it: play food, pots and pans, dishes, etc...

2 The only other gift we are getting her is a barbie doll. So anything to go along with that would be great. Clothes, accessories, etc...

3. Anything for dress up. She loves hats and clothes and shoes

4. DVD's: Veggietales, Disney, Yo Gabba Gabba.

5. We started a college fund for her so if you would like to contribute to that, we would also appreciate it as well. (And since she is so young she wouldn't know if you gave her that instead of a toy, anyway). I know it is not as exciting, but I know she would love it.

6. She loves books as well. She really likes ones with a lot going on on each page.

7. She also has an American Girl Bitty Baby (thank you uncle Mike and aunt Angie!) and she loves to dress her and undress her, but we only have the one outfit for her. I think Zizi would love to have more outfits for her.

Lastly, Craig and I don't really need anything for Christmas but if you really would like to get us something here are some ideas:

We bought a Wii and a WiiFit so we always like new games for that
Craig loves Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, etc...
I love Anthropologie, Bath and Body Works

And as always here are a few recent pictures. The first 2 are from the night we put together our Operation Christmas Child boxes for children all around the world. You can still help out: go to for more info. In the last picture, Zamara finally realized that she has pockets on most of her clothes. Doesn't she look cute?

love, Laura

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Some not too bad pieces of media

Hi everyone,
I have been meaning to post about a few things for way too long so here I am. Real quick.
A great song to download..."daylight" by Matt & Kim. I think the album is called Grand.
Other good songs we've recently come across..."Obiero" by Ayub Ogada. Album is called En Mana Kuoyo. We came across this song on a really cool Flagstaff photographer's website. It was Kdi or Ldi photography or something like that. Good luck finding that in a google search! I dare you! Anyway, very cool pix. I think Laura and I have finally found a local photographer that we would be EXCITED about having take pictures. Yeah! I think Beth from Laura's Stroller Strides community recommended that one. Good rec!
Also, another Beth recommendation....."Yo Gabba Gabba". An incredibly cool kid's show. You know that kid's show that you hope exists out there somewhere...the one where the parent AND the child like it.....well "Yo Gabba Gabba" is it! I will try to add pix of those three things. Wish me luck!

Finally, 2 movies Laura and I have liked....2012--not nearly as bad as we thought it would be. It was actually quite enjoyable. A summer popcorn movie in the winter. Perfect.
(500) days of Summer. A group of old ladies left the theater right behind us and said, "that movie didn't go anywhere" or something to that effect. Exactly. Great movie.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Last night we had breakfast for dinner--one of our favorites. I made blueberry pancakes (ala the Sneaky Chef recipe). Zamara was in and out of the kitchen while I was making the pancakes. When we sat down to eat she gobbled up her first pancake and then pointed to the stack on the table and said, " more mama cakes, pease."

Sooooo adorable! So now pancakes are called Mama-cakes.

This picture was from last week. I put her hair in two french braids for the day. I took them out before she went to bed. Her hair looked to crazy after I took the braids out. We always have to get pictures of crazy hair!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


We celebrated Halloween at our house this year. Zamara went trick or treating with her friends William, Kate, and Alana. The kids all had a lot of fun. At the first house, Alana walked right in the door and down the hall. Once they got the hang of it, they had a blast. Zamara even walked right up to some the doors and knocked. The best part was that Zizi didn't know there was candy inside the Mama and Daddy got the candy!